July 3, 1935

LIB
CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Well, the

auditor general may have had some control, but I understand that in every case the committee voted the money; it was our duty to pay it and it was paid. So far as I am concerned, as minister of this department, I assume no responsibility for what the committee did in the way of expenditures. The house voted the money and it is a responsibility of every member of the house just as much as it is of the government. As regards the amount paid to the auditors, which of course was very large, I do not know how the amount was distributed to any particular

individual. That is not the way in which these services are charged for by an auditing firm. They do a job and charge a sum. No doubt the items for the auditors' work came before the committee; the committee must have thought they were satisfactory because my understanding is that the committee unanimously voted to pay these bills.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

The

question is not whether the committee did so; the point is that we are entitled to receive the information and the minister can get it from the auditor general who must have audited all these vouchers and receipts. Surely when an hon. member asks for information, he 'is entitled to receive it.

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

If I had

had any notice that this matter w'as coming up-

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LIB
CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I shall be glad to get whatever information is available, but as a matter of fact the Department of Trade and Commerce had no responsibility for the expenditure.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

I quite

appreciate that, but the House of Commons is entitled to the information.

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LIB

Samuel Factor

Liberal

Mr. FACTOR:

May I as a member of the committee say that we were never consulted about the auditors' bills. The amount of , the counsel fee was fixed by the committee and the commission, but the fees of the auditors were never submitted to the committee or the commission. I do not know yet how they were fixed.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The accounts were rendered to the committee and the commission and certified, and the auditor general paid them.

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LIB
LIB

William Henry Golding

Liberal

Mr. GOLDING:

I want to thank the minister because I think he is fair. He has not the information.

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LIB

Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

Mr. CASGRAIN:

Will the minister bring the information to-morrow?

Progress reported.

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At six o'clock the house adjourned without question put, pursuant to standing order. Questions Thursday, July 4, 1935


July 3, 1935